Thursday, February 05, 2015

Weekly Link Roundup

We have a lot of links today for your reading pleasure. Enjoy as I sit here, on the phone, trying to figure out if I can get in to a video game discussion at a college campus next week without being a student. :D

Kristian Segerstral talked at the DICE summit in Las Vegas, Nevada about 10 things he learned to be a successful video game executive. If the name doesn't sound familiar, he co-founded mobile game company Glu, Playfish (now under EA's domain) and funded Clash of Clans, one of the top grossing mobile games out right now. The best note I see is to compound market immaturity with slow growth. Because if you're a gamer and you're interested in technology, you're immature. Funny.

The LEGO Jurassic World Video Game trailer is out. I didn't know they were making such a thing. So many LEGO games...

TheScore, a Canadian sports application that reports on events around Canada, and the largest app in their country, will now include eSports. Globally, gaming is a big deal, and this addition to their mobile app will make it one of the first large-scale sports networks to provide coverage.

The Daily News reviews Akiba: Undead and Undressed. If the game title doesn't capture your attention, I don't know what else to tell you. Just go read the zanyness.

Garena eSports, which runs large gaming events in Southeast Asia, is backpedaling after making comments about gay and transgendered women. There was "concern" that gay, transgender, or lesbians would have an unfair advantage with playing video games. Somehow they have "super powers" that make them better gamers. So the company enforced a new policy on teams, and the internet raged back. Since then Garena has removed the rules completely and everyone is allowed to compete no matter which gender they associate themselves with. But really...gay men and women have magical gaming powers? "Who told?! Now the secret is out!"

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